For many people that is hard to get their head around but I find the ceremonies of different culture enlightening and I enjoy the challenge of stepping up and doing it well.
After the ceremony, I went to say hello to an Indian elder whom I had met when I had performed wedding ceremonies previously. Does anyone else find them saying before the earthquakes and after? Well it is in my mind-set and that was before the earthquakes. At that time I had been doing lots of ceremonies for the Indian community. I am hoping that I will get back into regularly performing Indian ceremonies. I was delighted when all the elders said I had done a great job and they like me.
These ceremonies are usually in a hall and the local Indian community all come. This was a little different as Navnish’s family and extended family travelled from Rotorua. I enjoyed sitting with his cousins and taking photos of their gorgeous families.
I very quickly felt accepted when the lovely MC – the Bride’s aunty, the sister of the bride’s father – you get that? Anyway, she came and talked with me and we sorted the plan. Then it wasn’t long and Navnish’s father came and introduced himself; then Nav’s brother and then Nav’s Mother. When I was alone with Nav's Mother we talked Sari’s. Needless to say it is on my list of things to have – not sure what colour to get.
The evening was very enjoyable and a perk of the wedding is always coming away with lovely Indian food to enjoy.
PS: The MC announced it was an alcohol free event and if they smelt alcohol they would be asked to leave immediately.
A lovely evening had by all and the couple looked happy together.
Thanks for letting me enjoy your company – best wishes Navnish and Neelima.